Cowboys pay tribute to legends
RETIRED try-scorer extraordinaire Dale Shearer will be one of 47 players and officials honoured when the Warwick Cowboys Wall of Legends is opened on Saturday afternoon.
Shearer played his first rugby league in Warwick at Queens Park for the Blues.
He played juniors in the town from 1971 to 1976 at a time he was a student at Glennie Heights State School.
"My first coach was Rob Brough who went on to be a television news reader," Shearer said.
"I was very small at the time and played a lot of halfback, I enjoyed my time in Warwick."
Shearer was also a promising cricketer who took 6-6 in one game for Warwick against an Ipswich team which included Craig McDermott who went on to play Test cricket.
His second sport in high school was baseball where he played in Ipswich with the Langer brothers and was offered a scholarship to play in America at the age of 16.
Shearer chose rugby league ahead of baseball and went on to create a record for most tries in State of Origin. His record stood for 16 years until broken by Greg Inglis this season.
He puts a lot of his success down to the encouragement of his father Bob who taught at Warwick State High School when the family lived in the town.
On Saturday, both hope to be at the Wall of Legends launch.
The list of players/officials to be honoured has increased to 47 with the inclusion of three state players, Mick Shannon, international Trevor McDonald and Brian Blowes who all coached Eastern Suburbs.